Summary: The importance of forgiving others
Burying The Hatchet
FORGIVE! & FORGET?
I. THE MEANING OF FORGIVENESS
A. Aphiemi = To send away; to cancel the debt; to remit; to totally remove; thus, never be liable for the obligation again.
·(Mat 18:27) The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
B. Charizomai = To bestow favor unconditionally; totally apart from any merit in us.
·(Eph 4:32) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
·(Col 2:13) When you were dead in your… God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
II. THE NEED FOR FORGIVENESS
A. Forgiveness is needed because offenses abound.
·(Prov 18:19) A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
·(Psa 119:165) Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
B. Forgiveness is needed because of the command of God.
·(Col 3:12-13) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
C. Forgiveness is needed because unforgiveness is harmful.
·(Mat 5:23-26) "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
·(Mat 18:21- 35) …"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."
III. THE SCOPE OF FORGIVENESS
A. Forgive all offenses.
·(Mat 18:21-22) Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.